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FIG (Coimbra) turns to QIPC automation due to frequent production changeovers

Press release from the issuing company

Oosterhout – Portuguese printing concern FIG has placed an order for an automatic colour register system with the Dutch specialist in optical measurement and control systems for the printing industry, Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC). The system will be installed on a 2011 Goss Community press which has recently been acquired by FIG. 

Snap decision

The printing plant in Coimbra, halfway between Lisbon and Porto, has been looking at possible ways of expanding and improving its production processes for some time. Even before acquiring a new press, FIG decided to have one fitted with QIPC automation systems. “Our Portuguese agent, Duarte Alves de Sousa, managing director and owner of Tecnimprensa, discussed the matter with FIG even before there was talk of a new press,” explains Harold Drinhuyzen, sales executive at QIPC. “At that stage it was already clear that the best technical solution for their specific application was ours.”

Production changeovers

Production at FIG is subject to frequent change rounds, partly because the plant is responsible for printing several regional newspapers for all the country; mostly weekly, biweekly, monthly and, and also four daily: Diário de Coimbra, Diário de Aveiro, Diário de Leiria e Diário de Viseu. “That meant that efficiency in the start-up process was a key issue for the new printing press,” states Harold Drinhuyzen. “Because of the intense usage, our system has a crucial role to play in the production process on this Goss Community.” Jorge Dinis, FIG’s financial director, reiterates this: “We are expecting savings in waste, ink and personnel. At the same time, thanks to QIPC’s system, we’re anticipating major improvements in the quality of the end-product.”

‘The best register control system’

In total, FIG has ordered eight mRC-3D cameras for automating the colour register. The cameras are fitted with optional Automatic Ink Mist Shields (AIMS) for automatic cleaning of the lenses. The systems will be installed once the press has arrived in Portugal. “We’re absolutely convinced this is the best register control system for rotary offset printing presses,” Jorge Dinis concludes contentedly.



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